Mississippi Voters Approve Of New State Flag

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Mississippi Voters Approve Of New State Flag


Mississippians voted Tuesday on a new state flag design, and there was an overwhelming outcome.

The Statewide Measure 3 in accordance to the flag referendum passed with 71.64% of voters voting yes and 28.36% of voters voting no.

Because the majority of voters said yes to the magnolia design, the flag will become an official state symbol.

“Mississippi voters sent a message to the world that we are moving forward together. I have a renewed sense of hope for my grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and I know this new symbol creates better prospects for the entire state of Mississippi ” said Judge Reuben Anderson, chair of the Commission to Redesign the Mississippi State Flag. “I am grateful to the commissioners for their leadership and to the voters for their support.”

A single design was on the ballot for a yes-or-no vote. It has a magnolia on a dark blue background with red bars on either end. The state flower is encircled by the phrase “In God We Trust” and stars representing Mississippi as the 20th state. The flag also has a single star made of diamond shapes representing the Native American people who lived on the land before others arrived.

In June, Mississippi legislators surrendered the last state flag that included the Confederate battle emblem that’s widely condemned as racist. The change came as protests against racial injustice were happening across the U.S., and Mississippi was under pressure from education, business, religious and sports groups – including, notably, the state Baptist convention and the Southeastern Conference.

Legislators mandated that a new Mississippi flag must include the religious phrase and could not include the rebel symbol. They also created a nine-person commission to design a flag for voters to accept or reject.

Mississippi had used the same flag since 1894, when white supremacists in the Legislature adopted the design amid backlash to the political clout that Black residents gained during Reconstruction.

The flag had long been divisive in a state with the largest percentage of Black residents. Although voters chose to keep the flag in the 2001 election, all of the state’s public universities and many local governments stopped flying it.

Until this summer, a majority of Mississippi legislators were unwilling to consider changing the flag because they considered the issue too volatile. Momentum changed as protests broke out after a Black man was killed in Minneapolis police custody.

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